Baby AnimalsSofie’s A Sight to See!

July 6, 2018 - Since Dara gave birth Friday, June 22, her care team has given Dara the time and space she needs to adequately recover and bond with her baby. Many Zoo fans have anxiously asked the sex and name of the baby … More »

Train Engineer for a DayAll Aboard!

July 5, 2018 - When most people visit the Zoo, their intentions are to see the animals and frolic among the gardens, but some Zoo visitors always have one thing on their zoo-to-do list: Ride the Zoo Train! The Norfolk Southern Express Train is … More »

On the Zoo BlogSeeing is Bee-lieving

July 2, 2018 - Last week the Virginia Zoo received some unexpected visitors; an estimated 2,000 to be exact! A swarm of bees migrated to the orchards at the Animal Wellness Campus, urging staff to call in an expert to safely remove the bees … More »

Tales of the Tails Animal StoriesSnake Charmer

June 28, 2018 - In the beginning of May, the Virginia Zoo announced it would be welcoming the region’s largest snake, and Zoo fans grew curious to see what the Zoo had in store. This venomous snake had guests wondering if it was safe … More »

Baby Animals A Bornean is born!

June 25, 2018 - Dara gave birth to her baby just before midnight on Friday, June 22 behind the scenes in her indoor den. This is the first offspring for both 18-year-old Dara and her mate, 15-year-old, Solaris. “We couldn’t be more excited about … More »

Animal VocalizationsSounds of Summer

June 21, 2018 - Come to the Virginia Zoo on any given day, especially in the summer, and you’ll hear a plethora of sounds. From kids laughing and squealing with joy, to the fountains splashing, families chattering among themselves, and the train whistling in … More »

Orangutan PregnancyWhat to Expect When We’re Expecting

June 20, 2018 - As we all know, Dara, the Virginia Zoo’s pregnant orangutan, is due at any time now. Zoo staff and fans alike have been becoming more anxious by the day to hear of the arrival of the newborn. While her Keepers are … More »

AnimealsA “Pitcher” for Pete and Patty

June 15, 2018 - Tree shrews have a symbiotic relationship with pitcher plants. These carnivorous plants offer yummy nectar and insects for the tree shrews to eat, and in return the tree shrews will defecate in the plant, providing additional nutrients for the plant … More »